May/June 2019
Family Newsletter
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Letter from the Principal
May/June 2019
Dear Marist Families,
This is our last newsletter for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please be sure to pay special attention to all end-of-year notices to ensure a smooth transition into 2019-2020.

First and foremost, I'd like to wish the Class of 2019 all the best as they venture into the next phase of their lives.  They have been an amazing class, developing into the value-centered leaders and learners that we hoped they would become.  On May 1, they will be making their decisions about which college they will attend. Their Baccalaureate Mass is Tuesday, May 28th at 7:00pm at St. Henry's in Bayonne; all are invited.  The Graduation is Wednesday, May 29th at 7:00pm in the gym, by invitation only. We wish them a bright and happy future.

Congratulations to all who have been invited to the Academic Awards Banquet on May 2nd.  We will be celebrating the academic excellence these students have achieved this year. What a wonderful moment . . . to see hard work pay off!  

The Athletic Awards Banquet is being held at the Chandelier on May 15.  Tickets are available through Mr. DeGennaro, Athletic Director.

Just a quick reminder about reapplying for Financial Aid.  You must re-apply each year for Marist aid through FACTs. Be sure you are in the 2019-2020 year. Please do so immediately, if you have not done so already.  Reapply for SFIC by through the link that SFIC will send you. Be aware of deadlines. SPA recipients need not re-apply.

For the fourth year in a row, we will be ending our school year with a carnival on our back field!!  We'll need the help of many volunteers to make this happen. Here's what you can do: please pick up a poster from the front office if you have a local store who will let you post it; buy ride tickets in advance in the main office; sign up to work a shift or two, or three!!!  Pay close attention to weekly voice blasts for more details.  Pre-sale tickets go on sale on May 1st. Please see Mrs. DePoalo for tickets.

Please be aware that students who fail a course or two for the year must attend Marist Summer School.  Certain failures can still be avoided during these last few weeks by preparing well for the final exam. Encourage your son/daughter not to lose hope and to work as diligently as they can.  All are welcome to join us in Study Hall for a quiet hour of study and/or tutoring from 2:45pm-3:45pm in the cafeteria, Monday-Thursday.

Lastly, this is just a reminder that returning students will need to do summer reading, so be sure you look for that in the June report card mailing and/or on-line.

As you know, we lost one of our own on Sunday, April 21st.  Hunter Reinholt-Demree was a vivacious sophomore whose laughter and antics kept teachers on their toes and his fellow classmates in stitches.  His passing is a tragic loss for the Marist family. Kudos to the sophomore class for showing up for Hunter's services. We are so proud of you. We ask that you continue to keep his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Ms. Alice J. Miesnik
Academic News
Mr. Christopher Cassaro

Academic Awards Banquet:  Students who have excelled throughout the year have been invited to the Academic Awards Banquet, which is scheduled for Thursday, May 2nd, beginning promptly at 6:30pm. Tickets will be given out during homeroom.   This is a dress up event!
Progress Reports  for all underclassmen will be e-mailed on Thursday, May 2nd. If you need to make changes to your e-mail on file, please call Mrs. De Poalo at 201-437-4545 Ext. 201. If your child is doing poorly, please encourage them to stay motivated and to finish the year strong.
AP Exams  will begin on Tuesday, May 7th, a number of Marist students are slated to take exams in AP Spanish at 8am and AP Physics at 12:00pm. On May 8th AP European History will be at 12:00pm. At 8:00am on Friday, May 10th 15 students will be taking AP US History. Finally, on Tuesday, May 14th we will have AP Calculus AB at 8:00am.  We wish these students good luck and look forward to their names being added to our AP Hall of Fame outside our LMC when they score a 4 or a 5!
Final Exam Schedules:
May 20:         1st - Mathematics                          2nd - Religion 
May 21:         1st - History/Criminal Justice         2nd - English 
May 22:         1st - Science/ Psychology              2nd - Spanish/ Economics
May 23:         Conflicts

Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors

June 10:   1st - Mathematics                   2nd - Religion
June 11:   1st - English                                2nd - Science 
June 12:   1st - History                    2nd - Spanish/Language
June 13:   Conflicts

Please note: No student can take a final exam if tuition, or fees are owed.

Gowns, caps and invitations will be distributed on May 17th, the last day of classes. 
Graduation will take place at 7:00pm on May 29th by invitation only. All Seniors should meet in the café for Graduation practice on Tuesday, May 28th at 1:00pm. Seniors return to school on Friday, June 7th for the Senior Breakfast to pick up their diplomas, report cards, and yearbooks. At that time, they also officially join the illustrious alumni of Marist High School.

Final Report Cards for underclassmen will be mailed home on Monday, June 17th. If you do not receive your son's/daughter's report card by June 19th, please contact Mrs. De Poalo at 201-437-4545 Ext. 201.

Summer School Registration w ill take place on Thursday, June 20th from 1:00pm-3:00pm for any Marist student.

Campus Ministry News 
Mr. Michael Power
The Resurrection of Jesus was observed joyfully on April 24th. We were joined by our dear friend, Fr. Alfie, who inspired students with his wise words and perspective! Thank you to all the families who showed up to join in prayer with us and celebrate the life of Hunter.

Marist Youth Retreat: A leadership workshop for underclassmen from Marist schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico and other Latin American countries, will take place at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY during Memorial Day weekend. Ten of our students have been nominated to attend. They will learn skills to become Marist Leaders in their respective year levels.

Marist Retreat Program: Many of our Upperclassmen have made an Encounter Retreat this year. We had over 200 students attend one of the many different retreats this year and that number will continue to grow next year! Congratulations to Mr. Power and Ms. Eisenmenger for another successful retreat season!

Baccalaureate Mass:  Our Graduation Mass will be held at St. Henry's Church in Bayonne on Tuesday, May 28th at 7pm. This is a special time for Seniors and their parents as they make the transition into college. This Mass will serve to honor the many accomplishments of our Senior Class and also serve as a reminder of the work yet to be done! If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Mr. Power at Ext. 220.

Counseling News 
Ms. Miriam Eisenmenger
The Senior Prom w ill be held on Thursday, May 23rd.  Invitations will be given out beginning on May 1st to those who have paid their Prom Balance in full. The "toast off" will begin at 4:45pm in the Marist High School gym.  All are welcome to attend the "toast off".  Please be aware that students with outstanding tuition balances are not permitted to attend the prom.
May & June S AT's :  
Many Juniors will be taking the May 4th SAT here at Marist. If your son or daughter are taking this sitting, please make sure that they get a good night's rest on Friday, and arrive to Marist by 7:30am with non-mechanical #2 pencils, a calculator, their admission ticket, and a snack with water/Gatorade etc.   The best way to prepare is to practice, practice, practice.
 Use the free resources at  or reach out to your counselor for other tools.  May 3rd is the deadline to register for the June 1st SAT's. Note that the June SAT's will not be held at Marist. Please reach out to your counselor if you have any questions or need help of any kind.
Guidance Tips for the Summer: Summer is the perfect time to make strides in the college preparation process- no matter what year your son or daughter has completed.  Colleges are looking for consistency in extra-curricular and volunteer activities, so why not start now?  Encourage your young adult to join a sports league, work at a camp, or volunteer at the local library, church or recreation center.  And don't forget that summer reading!  Junior parents, summer is also a great time to visit those colleges that are farther from home.  
Summer Programs:  Deadlines are coming up to register for Summer Programs. All counselors are working with students interested in applying to programs.  Some programs are competitive to get into and some have costs attached.  Let us know if you have one in mind for your student and need our assistance, or if you need help finding the right one for your student.
College Acceptance Statistics:
*    Total Number of Seniors:   85
*    Total Number of REPORTED Acceptances: 70
*    Total amount of scholarship/awards, grants, financial aid offered so far:  $6,091,052
This year's seniors have already been accepted to such schools as Stevens, Rutgers, Marquette, Hampton, Cheyney, Spelman, Penn State, Morehouse, Rowan, St. Peter's, and many others. Many in this class have also been accepted into honors and accelerated programs. The accelerated programs have them starting their Master's degree in their third year of college, while others set them on the fast track to having "MD" follow their name. We are very proud of their work thus far, and look forward to all that they will do in the future.
Please note, these numbers are contingent upon students' submitting their acceptance and reward letters to the Guidance Department.  If your Senior has not yet turned in their information, please have them do so ASAP.  We would like to publicly  congratulate them on the morning announcements for this great accomplishment!

Other News
Junior Physics Trip : O n Friday, May 3rd,  41 of our Juniors will be accompanied by Mrs. Serrano, Ms. Otu, Ms. E, Ms. Heymer and Mr. Deh to Six Flags

1pm Dismissal: There will be a 1:00pm dismissal on Friday, May 3rd

Poster Display: On Tuesday, May 14th at 1:00pm by Psychology class in the cafeteria.

Dress Down:  $1.00 on Wednesday, May 15th in support of Marist Mission work in Kentucky.

1:40pm Dismissal: Thursday, May 16th

Hamilton Competition: Wednesday, May 22nd select students will participate in a contest that includes seeing Hamilton on Broadway.

No classes: Friday, May 24th through Monday, May 27th, classes resume on Tuesday, May 28th.

1pm Dismissal: There will be a 1:00pm dismissal on Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th

Ascension Thursday: Mass will be held at 1:15pm after dismissal for those who wish to attend.

No classes: Friday, May 31st - Faculty Professional Development Day

Ice Cream Social:  Friday, June 7th: There will be a 1:40 schedule. At 1:40pm, students clean out their lockers and proceed to the Ice Cream Social in the Quad where they will receive their yearbook and enjoy yearbook signing.

Last day of school: Monday, June 17th

Athletics News
Mr. Mauro Degennaro
With the Spring Season coming to an end, both our student/athletes and coaches are gearing up for both the county and state tournaments. To keep up with all Knight's end of season tournaments, please visit our website. There you will able to access all information you need to come out and support your teams.
As always, my expectations are like your own personal family's expectations. Student-athletes are to act responsibly, study, go to class, practice hard and do their best to excel. Take pride in the opportunity to represent yourself, your family and Marist High School. I believe we as a family have accomplished these expectations and beyond.
The Marist Athletic Department holds the philosophy that the athlete's most important tasks are the pursuit of personal growth through academic work, team experiences, and the development of a sense of ethical responsibility.
Together we have taken an athletic program which includes dedicated coaches, active support from the student body, leadership from the school administration and most importantly a great sense of pride fostered by the entire Marist Community to create the best athletic programs possible.
On behalf of the Marist Athletic Department, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous support and enthusiasm for our student-athletes and look forward to another exciting year.

Marist Parents' Association
Parents of the MPA
The May meeting for the MPA is May 10th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria. We will be having a light meal and it is election night. This is the final meeting for the 2018-2019 board. 
The June meeting will be June 11th for the new board for the 2019-2020 school year. Please make sure to attend to help next year's Board get started on fundraising. 

Ms. Tiffany McQueary
YOU make a difference!
Milestone Reunion
Saturday, May 11th starting at 6:00 pm
The classes of 1 959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009, 2014 
are invited to celebrate their Milestone Reunions at Marist High School on May 11. This is a great opportunity for nine Marist classes to reconnect with classmates, their high school, and celebrate being a Royal Knight! 
Marist Family Carnival  
May 30th - June 2nd
Get ready for our Fourth Annual Carnival! Something for the whole family to do. Great rides, fun games and good food! Wristbands for Thursday night are $25 each at the gate. All other pre-sale tickets are available to purchase at the school in advance.  For more information or to sign up to volunteer call: 201-437-4545. 

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